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04/20/12 Quinn asks pension recipients to pay more, retire later
By Mike Riopell and Ryan Voyles - Gov. Pat Quinn Friday asked teachers and state employees to pay more toward their own retirements and said he's looking for a way to shift some of the state's pension costs to local schools, all in an effort to ease the stateFULL STORY
04/19/12 Pensions could cost suburban schools millions
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Some suburban school leaders say taking over the state's share of teacher retirement costs, a proposal gaining steam in the Illinois legislature, would result in them laying off teachers or trying to raise property taxes. "This does nothing to solve... FULL STORY
04/17/12 Madigan backs having local schools bear more pension costs
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - House Speaker Michael Madigan expressed at least some support for the idea of transferring the state's share of paying for teachers' pensions onto local school districts, a concept suburban school officials strongly oppose. FULL STORY
04/16/12 Group releases study to back slots at tracks
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - A group of Illinois organizations that includes Arlington Park today is expected to release an economic impact study in hopes of reviving a gambling expansion plan that includes sloth machines at the track. FULL STORY
04/14/12 Which pension fixes will be on the table?
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - The rising costs of teachers' and state worker' retirements continues to eat away at the limited cash the state has to pay for schools, roads and other services. So Gov. Pat Quinn and lawmakers know they need to do something about it. But what? Cut... FULL STORY
04/13/12 How short-term gains trumped Illinois pension funding
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Seven years ago, with the Illinois pension systems facing a $38.6 billion deficit, lawmakers chose to skip two years of pension funding in order to free up some cash short-term. That history lesson shows how difficult it could be for state leaders... FULL STORY
04/12/12 Schools' pay hikes trigger state penalties
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - At a time when suburban schools are pushing back hard against taking over the states share of teacher retirement costs, many are paying thousands of dollars sometimes hundreds of thousands... FULL STORY
04/06/12 Quinn hands out pardons
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Gov. Pat Quinn used Good Friday to grant clemency to 52 convicted offenders and deny the pleas of 136 more. Quinn either pardoned or expunged the criminal records of 26 Cook County offenders, four people convicted in DuPage County, two people in... FULL STORY
04/05/12 Dee Beaubien thinking about House run
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - Dee Beaubien, wife of the late Republican state Rep. Mark Beaubien of Barrington Hills, is considering a run for Illinois House as an independent, she said late Thursday. "Considering is the correct word," Beaubien said. FULL STORY
04/04/12 Regional superintendents' suggestion wouldn't close suburban offices
By Mike Riopell State Government Writer - A recommendation from the state's regional school superintendents to eliminate nine of their offices likely won't lead to any closures in the suburbs, one superintendent said Wednesday. As state officials have debated how -- or if -- they... FULL STORY
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